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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS5440M Advanced Physics in Schools

15 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Alison Voice

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

NOTE: All candidates will be required to complete a Police DBS check to assure their suitability to work in a school environment. Please speak to the Module Leader first if you wish to enrol on this module as places are very limited

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS3605Physics in Schools
PHYS5182MAdvanced Group Industrial Project

This module is not approved as an Elective


This module gives students the chance to understand and experience what it is like to teach physics in school, and to critically evaluate the current issues affecting schools and teaching. By undertaking a placement they can develop skills utilised in the teaching profession. And while not exclusively for students considering a career in teaching, it can help them decide, and advantage them in this career route.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module, students should be able to:
- plan and organise a physics-related activity for a secondary school;
- collate information and create a well-reasoned, critical analysis of their work in written report, literature review and presentation.
- produce a demonstration that illustrates some research in Physics, at a level that can be understood by 6th Form school pupils.

Skills outcomes
Develop teaching materials.
Develop a demonstration to explain a research topic.
Critical evaluation of current issues in schools and teaching.
Present material in a way to engage secondary school pupils.
Time management and lesson planning


We envisage that students taking this module:

- will be placed within a local secondary school/6th form college with a specific remit to help organise Physics activities

- will, during their time with pupils in school, organise Physics-based project(s) with the aim of promoting the excitement of Physics.

- will consider the wider literature and issues facing Physics teaching.

The specifics for each student will be decided in consultation between the student, host school teacher and the academic module leader.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)143.00

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Literature ReviewLiterature Review25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, although a repeat placement cannot be guaranteed. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments, in order to pass the module overall.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:38


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